You that have read my blog for a long time know John and I have come upon a mystery or two in our treks on country roads. Today we solved one of them and then it was as clear as a bell. We traveled south for and around to the east a way completing a 124 mile ride to some country towns and country roads. One farm to market type road we traveled before was very odd to us after they had completed work on it. They made a very large high hump in the road and it made absoutely no sense to us. There is so railroad tracks beneath, no businesses around, and no homes. Just a high hump in the road like a bridge with sides on it. As we were approaching it we saw a truck going underneath the hump loaded with black coal. Duh! We looked at each other and laughed. The coal mine (Lignite) south of here. There was a road underneath and they were taking the coal out from the mine to somewhere to do whatever they do or take it where ever they take it. The trucks loaded with the coal didn't have to cross traffic, they just go under. How neat! We really went this direction to see some of the new oil activity (remember frac techs entry). We saw ten drilling rigs hard at work. To drill they need water, lots of water. We saw where they were running pipe for miles on top of the ground to get water to the wells. John says its cheaper to run the pipe that far then to haul the water they need. So they find some individual who has a good well and pays them for the water then they pipe it over hill and dell and under ground when they come to an entrance to a farm or ranch or house so that cars can go over it. Most ways it is just along side the road on top of the ground and up near the fence. One little cafe we had stopped at is now called The Derrick so we presumed it is a place for the oil field workers to stop and have a beer. It was a nice morning.